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Have Erythrodermic P, I Think
I have nail
pitting and this weird rash that looks like Erythrodermic Psoriasis.
doesn't think so, but I think he's wrong because I have all the symptoms,
and the photos look the same as what I have.
I've found that
using a de-humidifier helps me feel better (its funny how they recommend
the opposite). When I run it in my bedroom [i.e., de-humidify
the room’s air], I can actually breath in the morning, which I've
never experienced in my life. I always have been congested. Also, I read
that iodine can make it worse, and I've been eating a lot of fish, so I'll
try cutting back on that, which kinda sucks since fish actually helps
speed up the metabolism. –David
Response: Well, David,
you’ve not provided enough information for us to even wager on the
outcome of opinions — yours or your derms.
True erythrodermic P is rare, often very uncomfortable, sometimes
even life-threatening. Those
who have it usually don’t describe their skin symptoms as a rash.
They feel a descriptive phrase such as Job’s
Worst Curse is more appropriate.
One of the
common dangers associated with erythrodermic P is dehydration, or loss of
body moisture through the radiator-like roughness of the skin.
Being drawn to a climate that further sucks moisture out of you —
your affinity for de-humidified bedrooms — is strange.
Those with erythrodermic P are usually urged to stay moist, which
implies humidity, not its opposite.
knowledge of the iodine-fish angle on your situation so can’t comment.
Speeding up your metabolism, however, might not be in order if you
have erythrodermic P. If you
are a flaker your skin is already regenerating in a state akin to overdrive.
Calming things down rather than speeding things up is a more likely
Pitted nails aside, I can understand why your doctor thinks you may have some other condition. Until you know for sure, I hope you avoid the desert. Good luck! -Ed